Friday, 31 December 2010

"I would rather die in yonder gallows, than live for a minute more in slavery."

The final words, or certainly near-final, of the great Samuel Sharpe. Round about now, back in 1831, all hell was breaking loose in Jamaica in what is known, iamongst other things, as the Baptist War. Led by Samuel Sharpe, a slave and Baptist preacher, the slaves refused to return to work after Christmas, demanding instead to be paid. It didn't play out too well for those involved, but it undoubtedly hastened the end of slavery in Jamaica and other parts of the British Empire.

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